After care

We have outlined a few things that should help heal your piercing. Remember these are only suggestions and if you have any adverse reactions or questions please dont hesitate to call us.

There are various factors which will determine the healing time of your piercing. This includes diet, lifestyle, your immune system and irritation to the piercing during the healing period.

We advise clients to download and read the aftercare sheet first and then refer to the tips below. If your questions are still unanswered, feel free to call us or visit us at the studio anytime.

Problematic piercings can often be caused by:

  • Aggravation (touching the piercing with unsanitary hands or cleaning implements, rubbing clothes)
  • Not using recommended aftercare products.
  • Any contact with unwashed hands or bodily fluids.

By using the appropriate aftercare solution and keeping irritation to a minimum you will ensure the best possible environment for your piercing.

It’s best to come in and have our professionals examine the piercing first before taking a course of action. Basic signs of prolonged healing include redness, swelling, inability to heal, lumps or bumps, pustules, excessive bleeding and or discomfort. If you have any signs of irritation contact the studio immediately. Even if you were not pierced at Flesh Impressions, we are still more than happy to help with any piercing problems.

Below are tips to help with problematic piercings.

Hot Compress

Use approximately 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt to 200ml / cup of water. Make this up in a sterile cup/container and dissolve the salt within the water. This method works best when used with hot but not boiling water from the kettle. Soak cotton tip in solution and clean piercing morning and night.

For compresses, soak cotton gauze with the saline solution and place on the piercing for 5 minutes (until it starts to cool down).

This helps to open the pores of the skin.

Pour the remainder into a clean container that is just big enough to cover the area (e.g. Navel/mug, Eyebrow/long contact lens case or an eggcup). Soak the piercing for 10 minutes, making sure the water is warm at all times. This draws any of the impurities or trapped fluid out of the piercing. This can be repeated a few times a week, or if a problematic piercing twice daily is preferred.
Once soaked, use a cotton tip to gently remove any debris. Do not more the piercing in anyway; you do not need to get the saline solution inside the piercing so movement will only irritate it. Once the debris is removed let the piercing area air dry or pat with clean disposable tissues/paper towel. Do not use any kind of fabric towel to clean piercings, they harbour bacteria which are bad for piercings and can cause infection.

Navels, Nipples, and Genitals (Male and Female)

These piercings can be amongst the hardest to heal due to irritation from clothing and lack of air to the piercing. Any crust formations on the jewellery should first be soaked off with clean warm water. A small amount of saline solution should used to wipe any debris off with a cotton bud. For best results this should be repeated no more than twice daily. The most common irritation with navel piercing is clothing. Waistbands of trousers, skirts, underwear etc should be kept off your piercing at ALL times. Also try and avoid aggressive exercise and sleeping on your stomach. You may find that chlorinated swimming pools, spa baths and saunas may cause irritation or infection. To prevent this try using a Hydrofilm waterproof dressing or similar which are specifically designed to keep the area dry. Or in turn avoid any chlorinated bodies of water for a minimum of 4 weeks.

Ears, Septum, Nose, Eyebrow, Outside Lips Etc

As facial and ear piercings are hardest to soak, cleaning after a bath or shower will make the whole process a lot easier. Make up your 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt with 200ml of water and soak around the piercing and jewellery, making sure to remove any crust formation. When totally clean, dry the area with a fresh cotton bud. Repeat this process 2-3 times daily. For a septum, you can take the cup of saline solution into the shower and blow your nose into it for a few minutes. This will aid in flushing the area and loosening any debris on the jewellery.

Tongue, Inside Lip and Cheek

An oral piercing is when all or part of the jewellery is inside the mouth. The following instructions are used to care for the inside of the mouth. To care for the outside, follow instructions for facial piercings. To clean the inside of an oral piercing we suggest mouthwash, Oral-B or Biotene which is alcohol free and can be used undiluted. If an alcohol based mouthwash is used it should be diluted 1/3 mouthwash to 2/3 water. It should be used after everything you eat, drink or smoke until the piercing is fully healed. With an oral piercing there will be some swelling, this is perfectly normal and the jewellery you have been pierced with is large enough to allow for this. Sucking on ice can help reduce the swelling. If you are at all worried about the amount of swelling, or if the jewellery starts embedding, please call in to have it looked at by your piercer. For the first few days of your new piercing eating may be difficult (you may notice this especially with tongues). Take it easy, start on soft foods like soup and work your way up to tougher foods. We suggest you avoid hot spicy food and any dairy for the first two weeks. It is also advisable to change your toothbrush as your old one may harbour bacteria.


When you get a piercing done you must be aware that there may be some minor swelling or scarring to the area. Although not a common occurrence, some piercings have the potential to reject, or grow out. This is only a caution and you will find that there is only a very small number of people which this will effect. We hope your experience with us has been a pleasant one and that we will see you again in the near future.